After pitting V8 versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang against each other in a “face-off” last year, Consumer Reports recently brought in V6 models of the two long-time American sports car rivals for another head-to-head road-test battle.
Taking the crown once again was the Mustang, which the publication rated as being “Very Good.” Meanwhile, the V6 version of the Camaro was given a “Good” score.
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Ford says the new engine will produce 305 hp, just 10 less than the Mustang GT’s V8, and more significantly, one more than the V6 in the Chevrolet Camaro. The new Mustang will also get a new pair of six-speed transmissions, both automatic and manual.
The new Mustang V6 displaces 3.7 liters, 300 cc less than the old V6, and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. It develops this extra power using double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and variable-valve timing. The redline has been raised to 7,000 rpm.
In the 2009 test of V8 vehicles, the Mustang was rated higher by Consumer Reports, as well.